Big Band. Big Art. Lately, it’s that simple for the renowned Playboy artist
Renowned for his brilliantly colored, impressionistic images of celebrities, sporting events and the high life, LeRoy Neiman is arguably one of the most popular living artists in the United States. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Neiman studied at The Art Institute of Chicago (where he later taught) on the G.I. Bill, honing the craft that he’d been perfecting since childhood. Neiman is one of a handful of 20th century-era American artists (others including Andy Warhol, Edward Hopper, and Roy Lichtenstein) whose work has transcended the attention of aesthetes in the art world to become culturally iconic in its own right—a “brand name,” both prestigious and accessible, to young and old, rich and poor, red state and blue.